According to Charles Gischlar, a spokesman for the Maryland Department of Health, as quoted in the Baltimore Sun, the state is planning blood tests for 500 seniors in nursing homes in an effort to “check on their immunity levels.” The goal is to assess how much antibody they have in their immune systems. The presence of antibodies, through vaccination or infection, indicates the body’s ability to recognize and potentially neutralize a future exposure to a virus. Antibodies can wane over time, especially in the elderly. The state’s examination of nursing home resident antibodies will help establish the optimal time for a booster shot for seniors, in terms of how long after their vaccination or COVID illness.
The FDA has already approved a booster shot for immunocompromised individuals, such as cancer patients, recipients of recent transplants, and those with advanced HIV.
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